Topic: Wrongful Death
While many claims of wrongful death include deaths caused by accidents, not all accidental deaths are wrongful. An accident that is found to be solely the fault of the deceased will not be judged to be wrongful, i.e., caused by someone else.
A wrongful death may be caused by a negligent or careless act such as careless driving, a reckless act, or an intentional act such as a deliberate murder. In these cases, whether you call it accidental death or wrongful death, a claim can only be made when it can be shown that the death was the result of fault or intent of another party.
Claims for Seattle accidental death
To win a claim for an accidental death in Seattle, WA, the elements of negligence must be proven:
- The defendant must have had a duty to the deceased
- The defendant must have breached that duty
- The fatality must have been caused by a breach of the duty of the defendant
- The survivors of the deceased must have suffered damages as a result of the loss
A wrongful death case for an accidental death in Seattle falls under the broad definition of personal injury. You can bring a Seattle accidental death lawsuit for many circumstances that cause death including defective products, work mishaps, and construction site accidents.
Damages in a Seattle accidental death case
The damages you may recover in an accidental death lawsuit in Seattle depend on a number of factors including the relationship you had with the victim of the tragedy.
Some examples of the compensatory damages that can be awarded include:
- Expenses related to the death, such as funeral expenses
- Loss of monetary support from the deceased, including salary
- Loss of companionship
In determining the amount of compensation awarded for wrongful death, the court examines such issues as the expected lifespan of the deceased and future earnings.
If you have suffered the family trauma of a Seattle accidental death, contact the Corrie Yackulic Law Firm, PLLC to speak to a highly regarded Seattle wrongful death lawyer about your case. Let us put our effective representation to work for you.